Rev. Dr. Samuel Torvend

Professor of the History of Christianity

Samuel Torvend
Anderson University Center - Room 190
  • Professional
  • Personal

Additional Titles/Roles

  • Partner Chaplain for Campus Ministry
  • Endowed Chair of Lutheran Studies
  • Director of Vocational Reflection, Wild Hope Center for Vocation


  • Ph.D., Historical Theology, St. Louis University, St. Louis, 1990
  • M.A., Theology, Aquinas Institute of Theology, Dubuque, Iowa, 1980
  • M.Div., Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa, 1978
  • B.A., History, Pacific Lutheran University, 1973


  • Flowing Water, Uncommon Birth: Christian Baptism in a Post-Christian Culture, (Fortress Press, 2014) : View Book
  • Luther and the Hungry Poor: Gathered Fragments, (Fortress Press, 2008) : View Book
  • Daily Bread, Holy Meal: Opening The Gifts Of Holy Communion, (Augsberg Fortress, 2004) : View Book
  • Through a Child's Eyes: Poems and Stories About War co-edited with Victor Klimoski, (Plain View Press, 2001) : View Book


  • K. T. Tang Award for Excellence in Research 2006


Rev. Dr. Samuel Torvend is a Professor of Religion at PLU, and is the Endowed Chair of Lutheran Studies. In addition to teaching, Dr. Torvend also leads theology conferences at PLU and other locations, is a published author, and serves as a priest at Christ Episcopal Church in Tacoma.